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Memorial Day Cooling Drinks and Tips

Memorial Day is almost here, and that means the days are getting hotter and more humid by the hour. It also means that our bodies have to work extra hard to cool down when dealing with the outdoor heat. I am a big believer in seasonal eating because when we eat local, seasonal produce, we can take…

Get Set for the Boca Raton Memorial Day 5K

The Boca Raton Memorial Day 5K/1-mile and kids’ run is set for Monday, May 30 at the Boca Raton YMCA (6631 Palmetto Circle S.). The 5K (3.1-mile) race starts at 7 a.m.; the one-miler at 8 a.m.; and the kids’ runs at 8:15 a.m. Something fun and unusual about this race is that, in addition…

More Summer Dining Specials

Start up the BBQ with Bistro Ten Zero One’s garden party As summer starts, join Bistro Ten Zero One (inside Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 305/929-3463) on May 26 for the last garden party until cooler weather arrives later this year. The theme is Summer BBQ, and for $45,…
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Evaluations in Delray and how we got to where we are in Boca's traffic patterns

Delray taking stock Though the Delray Beach City Commission holds its most important meeting of the year tonight, the meeting isn’t shaping up that way. On the agenda is the evaluation of City Manager Don Cooper, one of two employees who report to the commission. The other is the city attorney.…

American Craft Beer Week and More

Craft beer week and new summer menu: Max’s Grille This is American Craft Beer Week, so we’re including the new summer menu and kickoff BBQ party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 18, at Max’s Grille (404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, 561/368-0080) because endless craft beer is available for $15 with…
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The Week Ahead: May 17 to 23

What: “Putting It Together” Where: Broward Stage Door, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate When: 2 p.m. Cost: $38-$42 Contact: 954/344-7765, stagedoortheatre.com It’s been a year of Stephen Sondheim thus far in South Florida theaters, with local productions of “Passion” and “West…

Staff Picks: zen and spirituality

DecoBreeze candles Picked by Taryn Tacher, Web Editor “I love how candles can lighten up a room in a calming, quaint way—and if they smell great, I love them even more. DecoBreeze has tons of candles in a variety of scents, and they come in the most elegant and fun candleholders. I recently…

Review: Banko Cantina

It’s a very hip vibe at Banko Cantina (114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561/355-1399), the newest player in downtown West Palm Beach, and one that is bound to have loyal fans from week one. It opened this week, and with a Friday the 13th, it’s bound to be good luck for Sam Sanchez, co-owner of…

Movie Review: "The Meddler"

“The Meddler” is a comedy for anybody who’s ever felt glued to her bed, racked with anxiety, staring up at a ceiling fan that moves constantly but goes nowhere. This is the movie’s opening shot, and it’s an apt metaphor for the protagonist who’s fixated on the soundless spinning blades. Marnie…

Fashion Forward: Rain Ready

South Florida is infamous for its intermittent weather changes. One second you’re sitting poolside, soaking up the sun, and the next, you’re running for cover as dark gray clouds roll overhead. With countless rainy summer days ahead, you will need a full arsenal of spring rain jackets, boots and…
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Town Center to get massive re-do

Massive mall makeover Reliable sources tell me that Simon Property Group plans a major makeover of Town Center Mall. The price for redoing the interior of the 36-year-old property will be about $40 million. Simon is the nation’s largest owner of shopping malls—with a full or partial interest…

Carole King musical is, well, Beautiful!

It would be easy to dismiss “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” as another pleasant, formulaic toe-tapping hum-under-your breath biomusical. To that I say, so what? Yes, it tracks her early songwriting career through her music (think “Jersey Boys”), but when you throw in “cameos” by…

Science Center goes 'Gross' for Summer

The best and most useful advice I ever received prior to becoming a parent was: “You’ve gotta get over the gross.” Of course that person was referring to the inevitability of my future child’s explosive poop diapers and inconvenient puke sessions (and boy are they inconvenient). Now, the South…

Learn how to protect yourself with pepper spray

The Progressive Self Defense Systems training facility is hosting the Sabre Pepper Spray and Basic Self Defense Course this Saturday, May 14, at 1000 NW 1st Ave., bay numbers 5 and 6, in Boca Raton. The three-hour safety awareness and pepper spray defense course is only $25 and includes a Sabre key…

Summer Dining Specials are Here

We’re still feeling a touch of the cooler air, and our wonderful summer specials are starting already! Now is the time for locals to get out and play, with great prices all over the place. The Delray Beach eatery, 32 East (32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-7868), has started a Sunday…
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Boca has its goals cut out for it—and Delray is at odds over a dog beach

Goal-setting outcomes The Boca Raton City Council covered much ground during last week’s three-day goal-setting/strategic planning session. There is much to discuss in detail, and I will do so in the next couple of posts. Today, however, the topic will be the waterfront plan. It drew much of…
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The Week Ahead: May 10 to 16

What: Opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale When: 8 p.m. Cost: $30-$125 Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org Carole King has released 25 solo albums in an illustrious career spanning nearly 60 years.…

Wine Dinners and Restaurant Openings

Spoto’s wine dinner pairs dishes with new Gallo names They are not the Gallo wines of the last century, and to prove that, Spoto’s Oyster Bar (4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-9448) is hosting a wine pairing dinner on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Dan Bair will pair dishes…

Staff Picks: Indulge and Pamper

New York Grilled Cheese Co. Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager “The grilled cheese choices are all wonderful, but you must try the Disco Fries (or in Canada, better known as Poutine). They’re waffle fries topped with cheese bits and house-made beef gravy—it’s sinful!” (newyorkgrilledcheese.com…

Derby Days and Brunch Bests

Dress for the Derby, and sip mint juleps on the ocean The women should wear their best Derby hats, and everyone should be ready for some mint juleps, as Oceans 234 celebrates the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The horses will run on the screen at Oceans 234 (234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/428-2539)…